Thursday, October 13, 2016

World News Briefs -- October 13, 2016

BBC: Portugal's Antonio Guterres elected UN secretary general

Portugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres has been officially appointed as the next UN secretary general.

Mr Guterres, 67, will become the world's top diplomat on 1 January when Ban Ki-moon's second five-year term ends.

The Portuguese, who led the UN refugee agency UNHCR for 10 years, was chosen from among 13 candidates last week.

He said he would fulfil his role with gratitude and humility.

Mr Guterres, who trained as an engineer, entered politics in 1976 in Portugal's first democratic election after the "Carnation revolution" that ended five decades of dictatorship.

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US enters Yemen war, bombing Houthis who launched missiles at navy ship. US denies seeking wider role in Yemen war a day after firing missiles.

Iran deploys warships off Yemen coast in the Gulf of Aden: Tasnim.

Syria military warplanes strike Aleppo ahead of weekend peace talks. More than 65 killed in last 3 days in Aleppo.

Syrian rebels evacuate Damascus suburb in deal with government.

Syria conflict: Russian war crimes claim 'rhetoric' says Putin.

Kerry, Russian counterpart to discuss Syria on Saturday.

Major offensive: More than 60,000 Iraqi troops preparing to retake Mosul.

Turkey says its troops to stay in Iraq until Islamic State cleared from Mosul.

UN resolution denies Jewish connection to Jerusalem holy sites, Netanyahu says.


Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej dead at 88. Dead aged 88: Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand's 'saintly' king. Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej dies after 70-year reign.

Thailand's heir apparent Maha Vajiralongkorn raises fears – and eyebrows.

Taliban reportedly kills 100 Afghan troops in Helmand capital.

Rodrigo Duterte vows to probe extrajudicial killings. 'I'll humiliate you': Duterte challenges West to probe Philippines drugs war.

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits loyal friend Cambodia.

Exclusive: New Uzbek leader to share power due to clan rivalries.

Maldives leaves Commonwealth amid democracy row.

US election: Australian MPs label Donald Trump 'revolting slug'.


UN reports dozens killed in Central African Republic violence. Fighting in Central African Republic kills 30.

Egypt denies Ethiopian allegations it supports rebels.

Egypt presses oil companies for more time to pay for fuel.

Africa migrants storm Spanish enclave of Melilla.

Boko Haram releases 21 Chibok girls to Nigerian government.

South African opposition figure Malema faces land grab charges.

South Africa's Jacob Zuma seeks to block graft probe.

Africa's population boom fuels 'unstoppable' migration to Europe.


Johnson plays down new Cold War with Russia.

Russia ready for dialog with US on cyber threats — foreign ministry.

Poroshenko, Merkel plan trilateral summit on Ukraine in coming days.

Russian diplomat says authorities in Ukraine losing trust of regions.

Montenegro PM accuses Russia of financing anti-NATO campaign.

EU’s Tusk warns U.K. that it will pay economic price for Brexit. 'Hard Brexit' or 'no Brexit' for Britain - Tusk.

SNP's Nicola Sturgeon announces new independence referendum bill. Scotland's Sturgeon to seek second independence referendum.

Hollande: 'France has a problem with Islam'.

France criticizes Italy for failing to screen migrants.

Syrians in Germany shocked by the death of suspected terrorist Jaber Albakr.

German top court backs EU-Canada trade deal Ceta.


'Absolutely false,' Trump says in angry reply to women's groping allegations.

New York Times stands by Trump story, rebuts claim of libel.

Obama to campaign for Clinton, Ohio Dems as 2016 map narrows.

Colombians march to demand Farc peace deal be revived.

Inflation in Venezuela seen hitting 1,500% in 2017 as crisis goes from bad to worse.

Brazil court to try Lula on Angola corruption charges: Globonews.

Hurricane Nicole moves away from Bermuda.

Canadians less worried about terrorism than the rest of the world: Ipsos poll.


Deserters describe life under ISIL rule.

How consumer drones wind up in the hands of ISIS fighters.

'Join the revolution': Al-Qaeda makes populist pitch to millennials.


China tops US in numbers of billionaires.

PwC: No good year for billionaires.

Apple fires staff amid claims intimate photos shared in Australia store.

Prince's vault of unreleased music on sale for $35m.

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